Carlos Alcaraz champion of the US Open

Carlos Alcaraz US Open champion


It is the advent of Carlos 1er: in the largest tennis arena in the world, the Court Arthur-Ashe, Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest number 1 in the world at 19 by winning the US Open, his first Grand Slam tournament, at the expense of the Norwegian Casper Ruud. 

The Spaniard is imposed 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 in 3:20.

Fourth in the world on arriving at Flushing Meadows, he is the first player under 20 to rise to the top of the world hierarchy. Previously, the youngest number 1 was Australian Lleyton Hewitt, who was 20 years and 9 months old when he became number 1 on November 19, 2001.

Ruud (7th), 23 years old and who had played his first major final in June at Roland-Garros, will become number 2 on Monday. He could also become number 1 if he wins the title.

This final rounds off a hair-raising tournament for the Spaniard, who became the finalist with spent the most time on court in a Grand Slam tournament with a total of 23:40. The previous record was held by South African Kevin Anderson since he lost in the final at Wimbledon in 2018, after spending 23:20 on the court.

Alcaraz displayed all aspects of his talent, physical, tactical and tennis. But the renowned austere Norwegian was not left out to ensure the show. On several occasions, the nearly 24,000 spectators rose to deafening ovations for one or the other of the two players.

Spectacular points

In the first set, Alcaraz made the breakto lead 2-1 and held on to the lead. Proof of the respect between the two gladiators, Ruud recognized that a ball had doubled in his camp and thus gave the point to his opponent when he was trailing 4-3.

While Alcaraz seemed to get his hands on the match, it was Ruud who dominated the second set by taking Alcaraz's serve twice.

The third set started with a break > from Alcaraz, but Ruud regained his deficit to come back to 2-2.

At 4-4 and 30/30, the Spaniard finished flat on his stomach – but on a fault – a new phenomenal point, causing a standing ovation that shook the walls of the Arthur-Ashe court.

Playing a very high level of play, the two men arrived at the tie-break.

Although he had lost the four tie-breaks played so far since the start of the tournament , Alcaraz clearly dominated this decisive game this time.

In the fourth set, he took Ruud's serve one last time to get me ner 4-2 and maintain his advantage until the final victory, converted on his second match point.